Much-needed victories usually don’t happen in the second week of the season. However, the Roughies arguably faced that task, and they answered the call.
Catty had dropped a 47-29 decision to Salisbury in their opener in which they allowed 588 yards of offense from the Falcons.
With anticipation and aspiration on a high note for the season, the Roughies couldn’t afford to put themselves in a 0-2 hole to begin the season when they traveled to Northern Lehigh, and still hold reasonable hopes of a .500 or better season as well as a district playoff.
For the Catasauqua boys’ soccer team, it is not all about the scoring, but the overall performance.
However, the scoring made a huge difference in their opening two games.
The Roughies began the season with two consecutive impressive victories, firing 13 total goals into the net. They rattled Northern Lehigh, 9-0, and then followed with a comeback 4- 1 victory over Lehighton.
New head coach Josh Inman already has seen plenty of positives.
Wil-Quon Clemons wasn’t totally aware of his record-setting, career-high night against Salisbury last week.
The junior running back rushed for a career-high 168 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Roughies’ 47-29 loss to the visiting Falcons.
“I knew I would get the bulk of the carries,” said Clemons. “To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I just tried to run as hard as I could. It was good getting all of the work.
On Friday night, Catasauqua’s football team will be looking for history to repeat itself.
The Roughies will travel to Slatington to meet Northern Lehigh in a battle of winless teams. Catty lost to Salisbury, 47-29, while Northern Lehigh was shutout by Southern Lehigh, 42-0.
A year ago, Catty opened its season at Salisbury and suffered a 38-24 defeat. They then rebounded with a second-half surge against Northern Lehigh with a 39-31 win to even their record at 1-1.
They hope their trip north isn’t a wasted one, but one that again will be a worthy one.
The 28th version of Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions proved to be an old-fashioned basketball barnburner.
Top-Cat, the champion of the nearby Stiles League, defended its title with a tight-knit, 62-59 win over Ohlson’s Landscaping to capture the crown.
Derek Hall hit John Amoroso for a layup with roughly 15 seconds remaining in the game to help Top-Cat to the title. It was a close contest throughout the night, as the tournament featured its share of interesting games.
With a major tournament on the horizon, Catasauqua’s playground men’s basketball league is also winding down its season. The 10-team league playoffs began in July and recently concluded leading up to the start of the Tournament of Champions, which begins next week (see related story above).
Ohlson Landscaping defeated the Nites 76-70 to win the Catty League title. They advance to the TOC along with the Blue Monkey, which was the regular season champ.
Twenty-eight years ago, Eric Snyder had one of those night’s where he couldn’t sleep.
He remembered a passage from a book written by legendary college football coach Lou Holtz who stated that he would “get up and do something to make him tired.”
So Snyder decided to follow the initiative. He had his concept and groundwork for the then initial Tournament of Champions, but he wanted to add another twist. Snyder wanted it to be a rotating tournament in which a different league every year would be the host site.
With the task of playing five games in five days, Catasauqua’s Connie Mack team nearly answered every challenge.
The Roughies’ run in the double-elimination state tournament ended Tuesday night with a 5-3 loss to Coplay. Catasauqua finished with a 2-2 overall record in the tournament.
The Roughies had a 6-5 win over Deep Run in their opener then had to complete two suspended games due to rain the following day, losing to Doylestown 11-1 and beating Emmaus 10-5.
Robert “Wabs” Chromiak remembers the nights at Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 when it once seemed like the social events never ended.
“We had bowling leagues just about every night, and there were so many other things going on,” he said. Chromiak 84, is a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the local post for 50 years.
“We had a lot of members, and it really was a great place to be. I played on basketball and baseball teams and also golfed in their tournaments.”
Time have changed.
Kenzie Bradley couldn’t imagine her life with sports. Since she was four, it has been a passion and an anchor in her life.
“I participate in anything I can,” said the soon-to-be senior at Catasauqua High School. “I started with T-ball and it has continued ever since. I just really enjoy playing something all the time. I really don’t need any breaks from sports.”
Wearing her heart on her sleeve, Bradley excelled in basketball, field hockey, and track for the Roughies this past season. As a result, she was chosen as the Catasauqua Press Female Athlete of the Year.